Industrial Design Program Head Participates in Workshop to Develop Cell Phone Exhibit at Smithsonian

Associate Professor Anthony Guido joins other scholars to discuss the 'Unseen Connections in the Ecologies of Cell Phones'

"Cell Phones" by illustrator Alexis Demetriades, watercolor, 2012.

February 26, 2013

Associate Professor Anthony Guido, head of the Industrial Design program at UArts, has been invited to participate in "Unseen Connections in the Ecologies of Cell Phones," an interdisciplinary workshop to develop a new exhibition for the Smithsonian Institute.

The workshop, funded by a Smithsonian Grand Challenges Award from the Institute's Consortium for Understanding the American Experience, runs February 27 through March 1 in Washington, D.C.

Bringing together scholars from a wide range of disciplines, the group will address the interconnected material, linguistic and aesthetic aspects of the cellular phone. The workshop will result in several outcomes, including interdisciplinary dialogue about the cell phone and all of its components, capabilities and consequences; an outline of the key components, objectives and themes of the proposed exhibit, "A Natural History of the Cell Phone"; and identification of potential funders, as well as internal and external partners for the exhibit.

Founded in 1846, the Smithsonian is the world's largest museum and research complex, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research facilities.

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